Though an areal flood watch remains in effect until mid-afternoon for virtually all of northern Illinois, at least one official who monitors water levels in local rivers and streams said there’s less risk than feared, thanks to less rain than originally forecast.
Chicago area residents were rushing to get roofs clear of ice dams, and shovel ice and snow away from storm drains and catch basins on Wednesday, as the heavy snow cover continues to melt, with rain on the way.
A potential problem with the meltdown is flooding, and the city is taking action.
Thunderstorms swept through the Chicago area overnight, but don’t get fooled — it’s still January, and more snow is soon coming.
As what remains of the blizzard snow melts on this springlike day, there is a warning that the sewers can easily get plugged up.